Penney rallies to beat Lawson
By Randy Speer The St. Joseph News-Press
The Hamilton Hornets remained perfect on the season by overcoming a 20-point deficit at halftime to beat the Lawson Cardinals 34-33 on senior night at Alumni Field on Friday.
“It’s unbelievable,” Hamilton coach Caleb Obert said. “We knew we were capable of playing better and we came out and we did.”
Trailing 33-26 with 3 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the game, Lawson quarterback Cody Glenn coughed up the ball after trying to cut back across the field. The Hornets gained possession and took over at the Cardinal 45-yard line.
“I saw the ball squirt loose and I saw we recovered it and I thought to myself, ‘We got to win this game’,” Obert said.
Hamilton worked itself down to the to 17-yard line before facing fourth-and-10. Hornet quarterback Jaran Richman dropped back, eluding the Cardinal pass rush before finding LaTroy Harper — who had 11 receptions for 91 yards — for a 10-yard gain and a first down.
From there, T.C. East brought the Hornets to the closest they had been since it was 7-6 with 8:09 left in the first quarter.
The Hornets (7-0, 5-0) elected to go for the two-point conversion, a no-brainer in the eyes of Obert.
Instead, Richman punched his way through the mass of Cardinals and Hornets on the goal line and, after a quick conference of referees, the Hornets were awarded two points.
It was the first lead Hamilton held all night.
Lawson wasn’t finished, as the Cardinals returned the ensuing kickoff to the Hornets’ 45-yard line.
Harper made his second biggest reception of the night, picking off Glenn with 25 seconds left to seal the win.
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